Blackpool, Bruiserweight, Empress Ballroom, Main Event Madness, Michael Cole, Nigel McGuinness, Pete Dunne, Sam Gradwell, Tournament, William Regal, WWE, WWE Network, WWE UK, WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament
It’s only fitting that for today’s Main Event Madness match that we chose one from day two of the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament and the match I chose for today definitely has the main event feel to it. Last night when the first day was finally over, William Regal and Nigel McGuinness had invited all of the talent that survived round one on to the stage to showcase the next rounds matches. When they were all said and done, the Bruiserweight Pete Dunne viciously attacks his opponent for the next round in Sam Gradwell. So to kick off day two of the competition at The Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, Pete Dunne and Sam Gradwell were the very first match of the day and boy was Gradwell angry at Dunne who was mockingly putting his hand out for a handshake. What was not very surprising at all, Gradwell did not bite on the handshake. It was from that point on as soon as the bell rang, Gradwell was bringing it to Bruiserweight with some punishing blows not allowing him any chance to regain the momentum as Gradwell was running on pure emotion in the beginning of the match.
At one point in the match, it looked like Dunne would have his opportunity as some offense in the match when Gradwell hurt his back following a missile dropkick from the top rope, but Gradwell was right there to cut him off with a Michinoku driver, but Dunne would kick out of the pinfall attempt. After taking quite the beating which included a suicide dive from the top rope to the outside, Dunne was able to gain his advantage from a simple hesitation from Gradwell. He placed Gradwell on top of the top rope and just simply pushed him out of the ring, forcing him to hurt his already injured back. With Gradwell on the outside of the ring, the referee would begin his count. It looked like Dunne was going to allow himself to win by count out, but Gradwell persevered and got himself back in the ring for only a moment. A single moment can changed the way a match goes and with an upside down power-slam against the corner, that was all it would take for Dunne to get the 1-2-3 and the win. Check out the rest of this tournament and don’t forget to like our page on Facebook at Facebook.com/MRXPUNCHOUT and follow us on Twitter too.